Any reason behind why there are no prizes from william sonoma discussed for the contests?

Personally, I prefer not having to know what the prize is. it avoids the temptation of posting multiple recipes with the prize in view. but of late, it seems that the Williams Sonoma name itself has been dropped.



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latoscana June 16, 2011
I never in a zillion years expected to be rewarded for participating in FoodPickle but was delighted to win a great frying pan from Viking. I now have personal experience with how these prizes are great marketing for these companies. I don't think I'd have thought much about a Viking product before but now I am a fan. I also would have gotten something cheaper and less substantial but now I can see how this level of superior pan produces superior results. I think it's really smart of these companies to seed the market for their wares by getting us foodies to become enthusiastic users.
beyondcelery June 16, 2011
I agree that the fun is really in the sharing. Prizes are cool too, of course, but I'd still enter recipes even if there wasn't a prize. There's no prize for writing my blog, and yet I continue to shout gluten-free recipes out to the internet!
Panfusine June 16, 2011
Of course it is definitely a delight opening a box bearing gifts. Just received a package from Whole foods yesterday and even more than me, it was my five year old who was delighted beyond words. He kept running off with my Pasta rakes!
inpatskitchen June 16, 2011
I received an e-mail from Amanda and Merrill yesterday stating that a prize from WS would be forthcoming...I never look to the prize before entering though.
nutcakes June 16, 2011
Cooks love sharing but prizes ROCK!
boulangere June 16, 2011
At the same time, the home page lists prizes from Viking, Oxo, Tiny Prints. And I recently received 2 WS gift cards for having been a finalist twice. Besides that, the question remains: do we submit for the joy of sharing or for the competition for a specified prize? The surprise of having received a couple of gift cards is pale in comparison to having been selected as a finalist from among some very stiff and honorable entries.
boulangere June 16, 2011
Or am I just terribly naive? This is truly a profound thread.
boulangere June 16, 2011
Seriously, does anyone post anything because of the possible prize?!?
boulangere June 16, 2011
Gosh, I'm with TiggyBee. The joy is in the sharing. The prize, well, priceless and I suppose nameless.
TiggyBee June 16, 2011
This is funny, but I never consider the prize. I participate for the joy of sharing.
hardlikearmour June 16, 2011
Good eye, panfusion. Looks to me like WS is no longer a sponsor.
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